History Series / WinBenSteinsMoney

23rd May '17 8:56:11 PM jameygamer
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* IronicEcho: In on episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.

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* IronicEcho: In on one episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.
14th May '17 6:15:03 PM themisterfree
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; on TV monitors; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).
16th Feb '17 12:01:37 PM Vahanisback
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth. Also, the money didn't drop if a contestant won the $5,000 grand prize, and the logo was displayed differently (the second and third words in the center, with the first and last on the top and bottom respectively).
16th Feb '17 11:52:19 AM Vahanisback
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season had traditional pull cards for the categories as opposed to being done electrical; the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge had the clock barely displayed on center stage, as opposed to two clocks, one for each booth.
7th Aug '16 10:16:46 PM FordPrefect
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* BonusRound: The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. If the player lost, they only kept any money they won previously. If there was a tie, the player would win $1,000 in addition to the money they've already earned. If the player wins, he/she won what remained of the $5,000 pot. In at least one "champions" episode, the pot was upped to $25,000, and the contestant who faced of against Ben for it [[spoiler:ended up winning the money, taking his total amount of money won from Ben to $30,000.]] [[note]] (Theoretically speaking, Ben's remaining stash could actually be LESS than the contestant's take during the first two rounds.)[[/note]]

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* BonusRound: The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. If the player lost, they only kept any money they won previously. If there was a tie, the player would win $1,000 in addition to the money they've already earned. If the player wins, he/she won what remained of the $5,000 pot. In at least one "champions" episode, the pot was upped to $25,000, and the contestant who faced of off against Ben for it [[spoiler:ended up winning the money, taking his total amount of money won from Ben to $30,000.]] [[note]] (Theoretically speaking, Ben's remaining stash could actually be LESS than the contestant's take during the first two rounds.)[[/note]]
30th Mar '16 10:56:20 PM jameygamer
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** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.

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** Which also counted as BitingTheHandHumor- as explained above, Disney/ABC Creator/{{Disney}}/Creator/{{ABC}} produced this show through their Buena Vista TV arm.
23rd Mar '16 5:09:21 PM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.

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[[caption-width-right:260:It's ALL about the Benjamins.]]A GameShow produced for ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], hosted by [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan actor]] and former political speechwriter Ben Stein, and featuring radio personality turned late-night TalkShow host Jimmy Kimmel as TheAnnouncer. Using the common "quiz show" game model, and sporting a humorous atmosphere (as befitting a Comedy Central program), the show might have been forgotten as merely another ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' clone if not for its unique concept the contestants really were competing for Ben Stein's money.



* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.

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* CelebrityEdition: Ranged from hosts of other ComedyCentral Creator/ComedyCentral programs, to political commentators, to porn stars.
18th Mar '16 10:56:56 PM Hossmeister
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8th Mar '16 4:25:58 AM jayharrison
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* {{Cosplay}}: Ranged from TV shows (including ''Series/GilligansIsland'') to political figures (with Ben in drag as First Lady Barbara Bush).



* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot.

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* GameShowWinningsCap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot. (And with the "Ben Stein's Cup", a single-game tournament which was only played twice for $25,000, the highest a contestant could win was $30,000 altogether.)



* HeadDesk: One of Ben's reactions to a particularly nasty-sounding category title.
* IronicEcho: In on episode from the show's second season, contestants Jason and Dave are tied at the end of the second round. The sudden-death tiebreaker question deals with one of the major players in American suffrage.
--> '''Contestant Dave:''' Who is... Elizabeth Cady Stanton?
--> '''Jimmy:''' Who is leaving the show, Dave? The answer is you!



* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).

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* ObviousRulePatch: Originally, the contestants were to receive the full $5,000 prize if the contestant and Ben were tied in the Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. (At least one (One early contestant won the $5,000 this way.) [[note]]Despite being one of the first episodes taped, the only episode in which this happened aired mid-season.[[/note]]) However, the producers figured out that ties could happen rather frequently[[note]]And in this scenario, it meant that the contestant scoring a 10 was an automatic win for them since it made Ben having to play pointless[[/note]]. As a result, if the contestant ended up tied with Ben, the contestant received $1,000 (which was added to what the contestant had already won).


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* TitleDrop: Occurred every time the show returned from commercial breaks.
7th Mar '16 5:19:50 PM jayharrison
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--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money."\\
'''Ben Stein''': Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\

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--> '''Jimmy Kimmel''': Now we'll see just how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money."\\
Money".\\
'''Ben Stein''': Welcome back. As this rounds begins, Troper 1 has $<x> of my money, Troper 2 has $<y> of my money, and I have a mere $<5000-(x+y)> $<5,000-(x+y)> remaining of my original $5000 $5,000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant!\\



'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...

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'''Jimmy Kimmel''': And whoever has the higher score at the end of this round, whether it's Troper 1, who starts [[Administrivia/EditWar edit wars for fun]], or Troper 2, who had his [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife life ruined by TV Tropes,]] will go on to play against Ben one-on-one for $5000 $5,000 of his money. Let's have a look at our topics. They are...



--> '''Ben Stein''': So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5000. Would you like to go first or second?

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--> '''Ben Stein''': So far, you've managed to take $<x> away from me, and that is yours to keep, no matter what happens. But now you have a chance--albeit a small one--to walk away with all $5000 $5,000 of my money, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. And all you have to do is beat me in what we call the "Best of Ten Test of Knowledge." Would you explain it to the group, please, Jimmy?\\
'''Jimmy Kimmel''': Yes, <insert inappropriate pet name here>. I'm going to ask <player> and Ben the same ten questions. <Player>, if you can answer more correctly than Ben can, you get his $5000.$5,000. Would you like to go first or second?



* BerserkButton: Never accidentally answer by using "What is".
-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.

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* BerserkButton: Never accidentally answer by using "What is".
is...?"
-->'''Ben''': Not "what is"! is?"! This isn't ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''



** In the lead-in to Ben's turn at the BonusRound, after being informed of the score he needed to beat, Ben would usually say, "I shall do my best."

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** In the lead-in to Ben's turn at the BonusRound, after being informed of the score he needed to beat, Ben would usually say, "I shall do my best."best" or "I take all challenges seriously".



** There have been situations where a contestant behind by $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question. However, these occasions were ''rare''.

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** There have been situations where On at least one occasion, a contestant who was behind by $450 won after responding correctly to a $500 question. question (which also happened to be the final question of the second round). However, these occasions comeback victories like this were ''rare''.



** Jimmy's, Nancy's, and Sal's humorous introduction for Ben as he walked out on stage.
** Ben calling Jimmy, Nancy, or Sal the <object> to his <related object> (such as "the Abbott to my Costello").



* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the history of the show to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.

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* TemptingFate: In a legendary second season episode, at the Best of 10, Jimmy wheeled out the safe with Ben's shoes on it (they played ''Strip Ben Stein Of His Clothes'' in Round 2, but only one answer from the challengers to strip was provided), and asked Ben to drop his pants if he lost the final, saying HE will do it too. Cue opponent Bob becoming the first challenger in the show's history of the show to answer all 10 questions correctly, and Ben missing one and ensuring a loss.
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